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Why Apple can’t rest on its laurels was brought home this week, as Amazon introduced the Fire TV, an impressive-sounding competitor to the Apple TV, and Microsoft’s Office for iPad hit 12 million downloads in its first week. “Take Control of Apple TV” author Josh Centers covers the Fire TV’s announcement, and Julio Ojeda-Zapata takes a long, hard look at Office for iPad. We also have another collection of interesting products from Macworld/iWorld 2014, a glance at Apple’s Worldwide Developer Conference lottery, and, in this week’s FunBITS column by Nick Mediati, capsule reviews of a number of iOS gardening apps. Notable software releases this week include Paprika 2.0.2, Type2Phone 2.4.1, and Safari 7.0.3 and 6.1.3.

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Office for iPad: A Deep Look

Julio Ojeda-Zapata runs the just-released Office for iPad through its paces, providing a full review and challenging it with real-world Office documents that bring Apple’s iWork apps to their knees. Read on to find out how it fares.

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ExtraBITS for 7 April 2014

After a Macworld hiatus, ExtraBITS is back with a variety of must-see pieces from around the Web. Leading off is Dropbox, which explained its DMCA review policy after an Internet outcry. Make sure to keep your passcode on, since an iOS 7.1 vulnerability could leave your iPhone exposed. Lending new meaning to “The journey is the reward,” Uber launched a new UberXotic service that adds fun to boring taxi rides. Also, we have an interview with Nigerian email scammers, a quick eulogy to MacFixIt from site founder Ted Landau, and a report that Apple is in talks with Comcast to provide a streaming TV service via Apple TV.